Governor Pat McCrory has declared March 2 – 6, 2015 as Students@Work Week across North Carolina. Students@Work is a job-shadowing initiative involving schools and businesses across the state. The week is focused on raising North Carolina’s graduation rate by offering approximately 22,500 middle school students a chance to connect what they are learning in class with future career opportunities.
“The Students@Work initiative focuses its efforts on middle school students because middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention. We need our middle school students to be exposed to as many career possibilities as they can be at this point in their lives,” said Governor McCrory. “The future of our state’s economy rests on their shoulders. We need them to be engaged, informed and motivated about staying in school and making the most out of their academic opportunities.”
The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction are the primary partners for the Students@Work program. Because of their support, more than 100 businesses will provide job shadowing or job mentoring opportunities for middle school students in all 100 North Carolina counties. Students taking part in this year’s initiative will get a chance to learn firsthand about careers in such fields as finance, health care, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, technology, energy production, the legal system, education and manufacturing.